GWCD 2016 Dinner Host

Marc Gofstein and Mark Dunaway

Annual Fundraiser

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner

marc gofstein and mark dunaway


Marc Gofstein and Mark Dunaway have been proud residents of Columbus for just over six years. Marc is a native of Los Angeles, where he lived for 27 years, while Mark was born and reared in Gulfport, Mississippi. The two met and became a couple in Southern California, have been together for nearly 12 years, and celebrated their 11th anniversary by officially getting married in California. They left California in 2006 – with stops in Chicago and Madison, Wisconsin; finally settling in Columbus in 2010…and have no plans to leave.

Marc Gofstein has spent a majority of life in the political world, in a vast variety of ways; including District Director California Assembly, Constituent Director with the Long Beach (CA) City Council, campaign consultant, and non-profit advocate. He also possesses extensive experience in a wide-range of other fields; including youth music organizations, travel consulting, and culinary arts – where he has been a sous chef and line cook at several restaurants, primarily in San Francisco and Wisconsin. Marc studied political science and theater at the College of Marin in Northern California.

Mark Dunaway is currently the Senior Manager of Quality for the Boeing Company’s facility in Heath, Ohio, where is primarily responsible for the overall function of the facility, as well as ensuring the quality of products and services performed. Spending nearly his entire career (over 30 years) with Boeing, his experience spans through several disciplines and departments within the company. As a graduate of the University of Mississippi with a degree in electrical engineering, his skills have allowed him to expand his craft to help with various public projects.

Both Marc and Mark have served in many capacities within the public sector; Marc is currently works as a political consultant, is a member of the Franklin County Democratic Central Committee, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Stonewall Democrats of Central Ohio. Mark has previously served as a Board member for the Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus (where they both also sing), and Mental Health America, and was a member of the Dane County (Wisconsin) Ethics Commission.

They are the proud parents of two wonderful dogs; Shelby and Scrappy.

Marc and Mark are honored to, once again, host Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner – where Chef Marc will prepare a special menu celebrating the fruits of spring and summer.


BRAVO – Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner
Five-Course Tasting Menu
“Celebrating the Fruits of Spring & Summer”

As prepared by Chef Marc Gofstein


Peach & Pear

Spiced Peach Gazpacho with Pear and Pecan
Nicolas Feuillatte Brut Rose Champagne – Chouilly, France


Three Mushroom, Spinach and Walnut Salad Shitake, Cremini and Oyster Mushrooms, Lemon Drop Vinaigrette
Chateau Ste. Michelle Pinot Gris – Columbia Valley, WA

Apple and Blackberry

Apple-Baked Chilean Seabass Blackberry Compote and Asparagus
Mer Soleil Silver Unoaked Chardonnay – Monterrey, CA


Roast Duck with Warm Melon and Honeydew Habanero Ice Summer Squash & Cauliflower Puree
La Crema Pinot Noir – Willamette Valley, OR

Blueberry and Key Lime

Blueberry Tartlet with Key Lime Whipped Cream
Cooper’s Hawk Riesling – Finger Lakes, NY